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Monday evening Cardinal news and notes

Charlotte is ready to roll into Western Kentucky week.

—Spread check: Louisville by 23.

—No Louisville team had a better weekend than the men’s soccer squad, which bounced back from a tough loss to Kentucky by hammering No. 2 Duke, 3-0.

Here are the highlights:

—The 11th-ranked U of L field hockey team pulled out a 2-1 overtime win over Cal.

—The Louisville women’s soccer team wrapped up an extremely successful non-conference season by slamming Eastern Kentucky, 5-1 on Sunday.

—This is awesome.

—Five-star center Aidan Igiehon talks with 247 Sports following his Sunday in-home visit from Chris Mack and Louisville.

The 6-foot-10, 215-pound Igiehon told Cardinal Authority that Mack and U of L assistant coach Luke Murray made an in-home visit and the meeting was “wonderful.” He also said his aunt and uncle were there for the visit.

“We have built a pretty strong relationship,” Igiehon said of the U of L staff. “I feel really good about them.

“It was nice to have them and it helped me a lot moving forward. Coach Mack is a great guy and I know I can learn from him.”


“They showed us what they had in store for us and what they had planned,” he said. “They talked a lot about development and getting better. The things I need to work on and some things I need to use to my advantages - playing against smaller guys, against quickness and stuff like that.

“He talked a lot about academics too. Coach Mack went through and kind of told me what life on campus would be like for me. The role of a student athlete for me if I were to come to Louisville.”

Igiehon said Mack has never compared him to any other player but has told him he could “help them right away.”

“I really like coach Mack and how he’s presented things to us,” Igiehon said.

—LJ Nesbitt is back to recap Saturday night’s events for The Crunch Zone.

—Katina Powell went on a local radio station over the weekend and offered up an apology to the Louisville basketball players and recruits who were negatively affected by StripperGate.

I’ll answer on their behalf: Nah, we’re good.

—Your CFP prediction could have been worse ...

—What the hell is wrong with Florida State, and can it be fixed?

—Just a day after its monster win over Northwestern, Duke had to announce that quarterback Daniel Jones is out indefinitely, and star CB Mark Gilbert is out for the year.

—Spending Saturday night in a hurricane and missing Kentucky’s first win over Florida in 32 years to own the Cards.

—Western Kentucky will enter this weekend’s game against Louisville coming off an embarrassing 31-28 loss to FCS Maine. The Black Bears scored 31 unanswered points to pull off the upset.

—Chris Mack will visit with class of 2019 big man Qudus Wahab today. Wahab has a scholarship offer from Louisville.

—The Baltimore Ravens featured Lamar Jackson early and often in their season-opening rout of Buffalo on Sunday.

—These are pretty awesome.

—It’s Louisville vs. Utah in the Sun Bowl in the latest SB Nation bowl projections.

—Cardinal Authority goes 1-on-1 with new Louisville commit Jaelyn Withers.

—Preston Brown is already loving life back home in Cincy.

—The CJ serves up a scouting report on new U of L basketball commit Jaelyn Withers.

—The KFC Yum Center has announced plans to upgrade food options and add a new bar.

—Congrats to a great Cards fan and one of the best trainers in the world on his marriage over the weekend.

—Bobby Petrino is non-committal about his quarterback decision for Saturday.

—Western Kentucky quarterback Drew Eckels will be a game-time decision against Louisville.

—If you missed the new Cardinal Stadium intro on Saturday, here’s the view from the outside of the tunnel.

—Nick Saban says Alabama’s “real season” starts in week three. Words hurt, Nick.

—The Louisville volleyball team went 2-1 over the weekend with their only loss to tournament host and nationally-ranked Purdue.

—Good tweet here.

—Herm Edwards and Arizona State top the EDSBS top whatever rankings.

—Is not missing a shot good?

—ESPN looks at what Jaelyn Withers will bring to Louisville.

—The U of L men’s swimming and diving team will begin this season ranked No. 7 in the country.

—Someone really should have let Malik cut in line.

—Florida fans take center stage for the second installment of This Week in Schadenfreude.

—Gobbler Country’s (Virginia Tech) ACC power rankings have Louisville at No. 7 ... in the Atlantic Division.

7. Louisville Cardinals: The Cardinals defeated Indiana State, 31-7, but the Cardinals are still struggling to figure out what sort of team they are without Lamar Jackson. Backup QB Malik Cunningham could start to provide some answers. During his time at QB he went 6/7 for 75 yards and a TD, while on the ground he also scored and ran for 54 yards. Louisville was still sloppy on offense, fumbling three times (losing one) and tossing an interception. Defensively it is hard to assess if LOU has improved on the porous unit they fielded last season. The Cardinals should collect their second win next week when they face Western Kentucky.

—I would never cheat on Mason King, so I have to say Duke’s punter is my second favorite punter in college football.

—Malik Cunningham was Saturday’s standout performer.

—Shoutout to Donovan Mitchell for braving the weather on Saturday. The Utah media took notice.

—It’s all coming together.

—And finally, send some prayers, thoughts, good vibes or whatever you got in the direction of Eric Crawford, who’s taking a few weeks off after suffering a stroke. The man is the best in the business and I’ll miss reading his stuff until he’s back. Get better, Eric.